Thursday, January 17, 2013

Karl Rove will give 2016 analysis for Fox News

Politico is reporting that Fox News has re-signed Karl Rove to a multi-year contract that extends through 2016.

That means he'll be with us throughout the run-up to the '16 prez race and its dramatic conclusion.

We all know he missed the boat on election night, 2012, but he was one of the most interesting analysts to watch throughout the 2012 season.

NOT because he was a dispassionate, objective observer (Ed Rollins did that much better for FNC), but because his independent groups had such massive stakes in the election, and it was fascinating to watch his frequent appearances and try to divine whether he was truly happy or sad, and what that meant.

No matter his message, you could always read the state of the race by watching his face, and since he was on Fox News seemingly everyday, his voice and smile became one of the best barometers for the race -- or at least, what powerful GOP interests were thinking of the race.

So in honor of four more years of Karl (woohoo!), here are some of my favorite Rove-moments from the 2012 cycle.

I'm eschewing the obvious ones (the blown Ohio call etc.,), and focusing on ones you probably missed, but shouldn't have.


Here's Karl Rove, imitating Joe Biden's "chains" comment.

Here he is, claiming that David Axelrod is "scared to death" in April 2012.

One of my favorite, more obscure moments came when Fox News host Bill Hemmer said Rove was "on board with the Romney team" during the primary, and Rove answered "No, no, no!" (Yes, yes, yes, everyone knew where his sympathies lay).

Rove, utterly wow, claiming Gloria Allred added credibility to the sexual allegations against Herman Cain.

"Credibility matters here, and Gloria Allred -- while she is a Democrat and a liberal Democrat and openly so -- nonetheless, has been involved in a number of high-profile cases like Tiger Woods and others, where the charges have been borne out.

So this gives Ms. Bialek's charges and accusations a little bit of credibility, and that's what we're talking about here -- credibility."

Wow. For a Republican to say that?

Clearly, Rove was concerned about the damage Cain was doing to the GOP brand, and wanted him gone asap.

And finally, Karl Rove whiteboarding Herman Cain in October 2011.

Really surrealistic that Rove even had to go there, and most of all, it was very telling about the 2012 GOP field.